Radford Bulletin Term 3, Week 6 – 23 August 2017

Staff Insights

Fiona Godfrey, Principal

From the Principal

23 August 2017

Building and Maintenance Fund, Master Plan, P&F Board nominee

Building and Maintenance Fund, Master Plan updates
In recent years, a significant fall in the level of donations has forced several Canberra schools to move from their voluntary, tax-deductible building funds to compulsory, non-tax-deductible funds. This decision negatively affects those people who have always supported those schools because they can no longer claim tax-deductibility of their building fund contribution. Radford is now facing a similar decision from 2018.

While the majority of Radford parents still contribute to the Building and Maintenance Fund, the level of support via donations has declined markedly in recent years. It is worth noting that the dollar amount of Building Fund contributions sought per student has remained unchanged for at least 12 years, meaning the amount sought is less in real terms.

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The College’s continuing refurbishment and development of buildings and facilities requires that 100 per cent of parents contribute to the Building and Maintenance Fund. Despite correspondence with those who have chosen not to contribute, the level of donations continues to drop. This is a final plea to those who have not made their 2017 contribution to do so. The Finance Committee has reviewed the ongoing impact of declining contributions to the Fund and is considering its recommendation to the College Board for the 2018 fee schedule.

The Building and Maintenance Fund represents a virtuous circle of selfless giving within our community. Current parents benefit from the contributions of past parents and, in turn, generously donate to projects that will advantage future students. The Fund allows us to repay both the interest and principal of loans for these major projects, which in many cases benefit a child throughout their education at Radford. Our parents’ generosity informs a shared vision for innovation and excellence in educating and developing young people, and we are truly thankful for the legacy left by all contributing families in our community for more than 30 years.

That legacy is set to continue through the College Master Plan, which was launched in June. The first projects are already underway, including:

• new Junior School specialist classrooms – already commenced, and scheduled for completion around the end of 2017

• new Years 3 and 4 classrooms – to be completed end of 2018

• new Secondary School commons building and outdoor gathering space – to completed end of 2018

• refurbishment of Secondary School classrooms – during 2017–19.

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Marcus Graham, Practice Principal of Stewart Architecture, recently gave a presentation to parents about further works under the Master Plan. The artists’ impressions of these projects forecast exciting times ahead for the College and its students. Just as impressive were the drawings indicating how existing classrooms will be renovated.

Your contribution to the Building Fund is essential to the fulfilment of Radford’s mission to be a model of excellence in independent, co-educational learning within an Anglican context. The education of your children is sustained and elevated by that mission and I trust that you will continue to support the College in its endeavours.

Reminder about P&F Association Nominee on the Board
Due to the expiry of the term of the current P&F College Board nominee, Mr Ed Hutchison, the P&F is inviting members of the P&F Association to nominate to become the Association's next nominee on the College Board.

As part of the governance model of Radford College, the P&F nominates one individual, selected by the P&F Management Committee, for a two-year term as a Director, subject to approval by the Chairman of the Board.

The P&F nominee is first and foremost an independent Director on the Board of Radford College Ltd. Directors must exercise their powers and duties in good faith in the best interests of the College. The Board of Directors is the key policymaking body within the College and the management of the Company is vested in the Board; however, the Board limits itself to matters of overall governance and leaves the day-to-day management of the College to the Principal and the Executive.

The nominee provides a report to the Board on the activities of the P&F and the issues with which the Management Committee is dealing. This supplements the regular meetings between the Chair and the Principal and can be used as a mechanism to highlight the current or future projects of the parent body.

The Board's three subcommittees are the Finance Committee, the Buildings and Grounds Committee and the Education and Wellbeing Committee. Traditionally, the P&F nominee sits on the Education and Wellbeing Committee, which looks at issues impacting the school's education and pastoral care frameworks.

In practical terms, the successful nominee is expected to attend monthly Board meetings, sit on the Education and Wellbeing Committee and serve as an ex-officio member of the P&F Management Committee, attending its meetings. There is also a requirement to draft and read Board papers.

Any person wishing to nominate for this role should send an expression of interest and a current brief CV to P&F Liaison Officer Ms Angie Walters by Tuesday 29 August. Short-listed candidates are to attend the P&F meeting on Thursday 31 August to make a brief presentation to the Management Committee.

The College, the Board and the P&F Association would like to thank Ed Hutchinson for his work in this role over the last two years. Ed's professionalism and strategic vision have made him an asset to both the Board and the P&F Association. It has been a great pleasure working alongside Ed.

Valerie Browning lives and works with the Afar people in Ethiopia

Chaplain's Reflection: you will not be overcome

23 August 2017

Valerie Browning's story has lessons for us all

Valerie Browning [Ed: Father Richard's aunt] landed in Ethiopia in 1975 as a naïve nursing graduate. She didn’t know the capital, and her greatest fear was having to wash brown bodies. 

Now in her fourth decade of living in the horn of Africa, she is married to Ismael, a tall, black Muslim, and her home is among the Afar, one of the last nomadic peoples of the world. 

Her story is simple: face reality. Don’t avoid it or run from it. This is from a woman who has looked famine in the face and nursed malnourished children through their final breaths. She lives in a world where an 18-year-old Afar girl, Fatima, is under pressure to marry, but if Fatima had her way, she would become a water engineer, ‘my people are always looking for water.’ 

Life for the Afar peopleAfar people in Ethiopia

Valerie looks out at our students and says ‘Your life is not easy. I wouldn’t have it. I am at home with my people. You? You live with an abundance of choices and stresses and expectations and anxieties.’ 

I hold up her message: do not be overwhelmed. In the reality of where you are, live, love, act with great kindness. Nothing more is expected or asked. 

For Valerie, her faith as a Christian allows her permission to know nothing will overthrow God’s love, God’s purposes and full, loving presence within and among creation. 

There are other ways of saying this. Remember the finale of the Lord of the Rings series? Frodo is wrestling with Gollum over the ring. Both are consumed by desire for its power which utterly corrupts. Much earlier was the chance for Gollum, a persistent presence of evil, to be killed and removed. Frodo’s decision to keep Gollum along is a mark of wisdom, for in the end, even evil played a part in the destruction of the ring and its corruption. Indeed, Gollum was necessary for it to happen. 

In the story of God, we see in Jesus that no obstruction, no devious human contrivance, no evil, and not even death is enough to get in the way of God’s outpouring, reconciling, healing ways. 

Jacob tricked his way into blessing. It should not surprise that he spent the remainder of his life being tricked. But the good news is, he couldn’t stuff up God’s work – and nor can we. There is nothing God cannot redeem or turn into healing. Joseph is hated and betrayed by his brothers, but going from a pit to Pharoah’s palace became the way the children of Jacob were to be saved. 

CS Lewis puts it this way: ‘You will certainly carry out God's purpose, however you act, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John.’ 

Loving God, you are never thwarted or overcome. Hold us with your loving embrace; Christ Jesus walk with us, and by not being overcome, let us face each day, each reality, with the love and grace you have given us. Amen

News

Paul Southwell, Head of Junior School

JS News - 23 Aug 17

23 August 2017

Busy times, as always, and Book Week celebrations!

DATES TO REMEMBER

Thurs 24 August        

ACT Primary Chess Finals
Year 5 Learning Journey
Year 3 Incursion by Q2U
Year 2 Learning Journey

Fri 25 August           

Book Week Dress Up Day (and Mr Southwell’s birthday)

Mon 28 August

Year 4 Learning Journey

Tues 29 August

Kindergarten Learning Journey
Conversations Evening

We are deep in the busy end of term, and so I can share a diverse range of activities, opportunities and outcomes with all our readers.


NAPLAN

Our Year 3 and Year 5 families received the 2017 results earlier this week. Our Acting Assistant Head of Junior School PYP Learning, Mrs Janine Crookes, will provide some deeper data to share next week, but from an overall perspective, I am pleased with our outcomes this year. Year 3 students (50% of whom are new this year) performed well above State and Region outcomes across all assessment areas. Particular strengths were in the areas of Grammar and Spelling, and Numeracy and Reading outcomes were 20% higher than State outcomes. Year 5 students were also well above State and region outcomes in Numeracy, and over 22% higher than State Writing levels. 

Writing was an area to revisit across the nation, and while we have far higher outcomes than State and Region outcomes, it is something for us to target also. 

As a non-selective school I am very proud of our students’ efforts, they have taken it in their stride.

LAST WEEK

  • Our Year 6 classes opened their doors to provide our parents with an insight into the challenge that is PYP Exhibition. It was exciting to see so many parents able to join us in classrooms and teams, as the difficulties of researching, completing and collaborating were in full flight. It is a challenge, and I really enjoyed observing the grit required to meet this challenge. The open-door time is particularly important as parents can see the process and not simply the product.
  • Late last Wednesday evening I was included in a tweet from a lesson in Year 4 earlier that day. The tweet shared two of our Year 4 classes involved in a "mini-lesson", led by one of our team, whilst the other teacher observed and gathered formative assessment material. Following the mini-lesson, the classes moved from their Inquiry space lesson centre, into their group sessions and follow-up in classroom centres.
  • Last Tuesday, I had the wonderful pleasure to be a part of the Year 3 Learning Journey. Year 3 students lead their parents through science experiments, Spanish weather broadcasts, drawing responses to musical pieces, attempting tennis, printing in Art rooms and video clips of student reading critiques in Library.
  • Later that morning I was able to observe our Year 1 classes engaged with their parents in a Sound and Light spectacular in their classrooms.
  • Our Years 5/6 Girls AFL team travelled to the SCG to represent the ACT and Southern region in the State finals, learning a great deal about competition and belonging.
  • I was able to acknowledge 14 year 3-6 students who were awarded Distinctions or High Distinctions in the ICAS Science Competition.

 

THIS WEEK

  • Our Year 4 parents iPad information session was held on Tuesday, to prepare for the full implementation of our device program next Term.
  • Our Athletics team represented us at the Belconnen Zone Carnival. Running on the AIS track adds to this opportunity!
  • Year 1-4 Piano tuition students tinkled the ivory on Wednesday evening.
  • We are preparing for our Year 5 Learning Journey on Thursday morning, and our Year 2 Learning Journey Thursday evening. Our 5/6 Chess teams represent us (and our region) in the ACT Finals.
  • On a special Friday, we celebrate Book Week with our parade in TB Millar Hall. 

 

 

RadPAN - for one night only, 24 August!

RadPAN - Thur 24 Aug only

23 August 2017

Susan Davenport, RadPAN Coordinator

Don't miss this fabulous event

By Ms Susan Davenport, RadPAN Coordinator


Radford Performing Arts Night (RadPAN) promises to be an entertaining variety performance that will be enjoyed by all.

  • 24 August - for one night only!
  • 7:00pm 
  • TB Millar Hall
  • Entry by gold coin donation

Radford Performing Arts Night celebrates music, musical theatre, dance, and variety acts, and showcases Radford's Dance Festival groups.

With opportunities for secondary students to participate in solos, duos or small groups, RadPAN allows students to perform outside of the usual cocurricular groups and activities.

This year’s night sees a delightful mix of dance, singing, and performance, with an opportunity for audience participation! 

For more information and photos from previous years, see the RadPAN site on Radford Online.

Radford College Crest

Important information about unwell students

23 August 2017

Karen Baker, College Nurse

Details of College procedures and guidelines

From the College Nurse, Karen Baker

Unwell students are not permitted to attend school if the student shows any signs of illness, or is unable to participate in the normal routine and the regular school day.

Unwell students, or students who have returned to school before full recovery, will expose other students and staff members to viral and contagious illnesses which can spread easily and be disruptive to the wider school community.  Parent and student cooperation on this issue is important.

Parent Contact
In the event of a student becoming ill at school, the parent or guardian will be contacted and requested to collect their child within a reasonable time frame. First point of contact will be by telephone, followed by SMS and email.  Parents are requested to please keep their contact details current. Contact and medical details can now be updated by parents through their Radford Online login.  Should contact not be established, the emergency contact person will be called and asked to come pick the student up. If there are repeated occasions when the student is ill and the parents are unable to be contacted, and the student is unable to be collected, the matter will be referred to the Head of Year (HOY) or Principal.

Excursions
A student who presents unwell at school prior to an excursion will not be permitted to attend the excursion, and the parent will be called to collect the student from school.

Where students become ill on excursions or school trips the parents will be contacted to collect their student from the venue as soon as possible. In the event of any inability to contact the parent or delay in collecting the student, the student will be transported back to school with the group, if practical, or an ambulance may be called. 

When students sustain an injury on an excursion an ambulance will be called. 

Assessments
Sending unwell students to school to complete assessments not only exposes other students to the illness but unrealistically expects the ill student to perform when not fully able. 

Heads of Departments, Heads of Year and subject tutors can negotiate modifications to assessments where indicated. 

Co-curricular
Students who have been away from school due to illness will not be permitted to attend co-curricular training, activities or events on a day when they were absent. 

Communicable and vaccine-preventable diseases
Students and staff who have been tested for a communicable or vaccine-preventable disease (e.g. Pertussis/Whooping cough) must be absent from school until the test results are obtained, or the person has been off for the required amount of time, or taken the required amount of medication. Failure to do so threatens the health, safety and wellbeing of other students and staff of Radford College. 

Further information can be obtained from the NSW Health Guide for Parents to help you decide whether to send your child to school or keep them home.

Bookings on PTO open next week

Secondary School parent teacher interviews

23 August 2017

Book early to get your preferred time!

Secondary School parent teacher interview bookings open at 7 am on Thursday 31 August

Click here to book.

The Secondary School parent teacher evenings will be held in the TB Millar Hall on:
Tuesday 12 September 3.00pm – 8.00pm
• Monday 18 September 3.00pm – 8.00pm

NB: Bookings close at 10 pm the night before each of these dates. You are encouraged to book early to avoid inconvenience or disappointment.

Booking information

Bookings for Secondary School parent teacher interviews are made online at PTO.

The interview time with each teacher will be five minutes.

Your PTO Login is your Surname.

Your PTO PIN:

• is different for each parent
• can be retrieved from the PTO login page or is printed on the top of your child’s 2017 Commencement Letter.

If you have any problems booking your interview on the PTO system, please contact Main Reception on 6162 6200 or reception@radford.act.edu.au

Timing on the interview days

  • Students in Years 7-12 will be dismissed from class at 2.35pm on both Tuesday 12 September and Monday 18 September as interviews commence at 3.00pm

  • Students in Years 7-10 not travelling directly home at 2.35pm will need to go to the Secondary School Library where supervision will be available

  • Students in Years 11 and 12 will be dismissed at 2.35pm and are free to leave the College at that time

  • Unless advised otherwise, co-curricular activities will operate as usual

  • School buses will run as per the normal schedule from 3.30pm.


Parking

Additional parking for parents is available in the car parks at the front of the TB Millar Hall, behind the Performing Arts Centre, along the road towards the back of the College and in the carparks by the G. Wigg Sports Centre and Senior School. Please do not park in the ELC and Junior School parking areas until after 3.45pm.

Interviews

Radford College teachers are looking forward to discussing the progress of your child this term. In preparing for the interviews, each of the teachers have been asked to consider your child’s engagement with learning, application in class, achievements to date, individual needs and ways for improvement.

If you would like to discuss your child’s overall progress further after the interview I would encourage you to either speak to their Tutor or Head of Year.

In addition to booked parent interviews with your child’s teachers, the Principal, Mrs Fiona Godfrey, and the Head of Secondary School, Mr Phillip O’Regan will be available for informal discussions with parents. No bookings are required to speak to Mrs Godfrey or Mr O’Regan at the parent teacher evenings.

An exciting tour planned for 2018

USA Science tour 2018

23 August 2017

Tim Robards, Head of Science

From microchip to spaceship

Tour information session
Date: Tuesday 29 August
Time: 5:45pm – 6:30pm
Venue: Heath Lecture Theatre, Mackinnon Senior School

Radford is delighted to be offering students in Year 10-12 (in 2018) the opportunity to travel to the USA in June-July, 2018 on an exciting trip titled “From Microchip to Spaceship” (see attached flyer).

The itinerary we have negotiated with Latitude Group Travel, Melbourne, aims to provide a balance between education and experience.

Dennis Murphy from Latitude Group Travel will provide interested parents and students with more information about this tour including detailed itinerary, accompanying staff and costings.

The Radford Junior School girls team were thrilled to play in the Paul Kelly Cup on the SCG

Radford girls represent ACT in Paul Kelly Cup

22 August 2017

Junior School girls AFL team plays on the SCG

By Lily Chapman

A couple of months ago, a group of Radford girls won the AFL James Hird Cup, so we were invited to the Paul Kelly Cup in Sydney.

On Monday August 14, we left school at 5am and Mr O’Brien drove us on the Radford bus to Sydney. We stopped at McDonalds, and I don’t think any of us have ever been to McDonalds without anyone telling us what we can, and can’t have because we went crazy! Hash browns, ice coffees, thick shakes, and if you think that is too much for the morning then you don’t want to know what we had on the way back.

Once we finished we were on the bus again, heading towards the SCG. We were allowed to play music and talk a bit more, but once the music was turned off, the trip became more of a karaoke session than an AFL trip. I still can’t get "Let it Go" out of my head.

When we arrived at the SCG (Sydney Cricket Ground) we walked up into some very old bleachers and sat down to watch a few of the other teams, before we played at 10 o'clock. I don’t know about the other girls, but I was freaking out for two reasons. Firstly, my Mum forgot to buy me a mouth guard. I like my teeth and I didn’t want them to get knocked out, but thankfully they didn’t.  Secondly, those teams looked like they had been playing AFL for a long, long time. They were amazing. For a group of basketball players, netballers, soccer players, rugby players, dancers and futsul players, we made a pretty good team. However, we weren't as good as we were in Canberra because we didn’t win a game, but that didn’t matter to us because we had so much fun.

Unfortunately, Sasha fractured her foot before the day but still came for moral support. And Sasha, that was some amazing cheerleading! The whole time we had a hard time wiping the smile off our faces. Overall, we came sixth out of eight teams, and we were pretty happy with that. 

On the way back, we stopped at Macca's again and like I said, it was pretty chaotic. After Macca's we found some glitter, and now I feel so sorry for the person who had to clean that bus. I think it was Mr O’Brien! Our team got a new name too - "The Glitter Players". 

We got home at about 6:00 pm and we were exhausted, and very happy with ourselves. Overall it was a pretty amazing day. And it would not have been possible if we didn’t have Mr O'Brien and Mrs Quade. Thank you so much Mr O and Mrs Quade for being amazing coaches and giving us a spectacular time. I hope one day we can do something like this again.

Science captains Stone Sima and Lauren Robards at the STEMinSchools virtual classroom

Radford scientists visit virtual classroom

22 August 2017

Space science and engineering on show from CSIRO Discovery Centre

By Stone Sima, Captain of chemical and physical sciences

On Friday August 18, Lauren Robards (Captain of earth and biological sciences) and I ventured with Mrs Cashmere into the vast horizon of space science and engineering, otherwise known as the STEMinSchools virtual classroom at the CSIRO Discovery Centre.

We soon realised that we were part of a group which was pushed into the spotlight in front of students from around 380 different schools, which were participating in the virtual classroom from the comfort of their school.

The forum was led by the remarkable science communicatorStone and Lauren meet Bernie Hobbs Bernie Hobbs, and five high achievers and famous scientists in their respective fields: Dr Kimberley Clayfield (Executive Manager Space Sciences and Technology, CSIRO), Ms Solange Cunin (Co-Founder and CEO, Cuberider), Prof Paulo de Souza Junior (OCE Science Leader, Data61 | CSIRO), Assoc Prof Céline d’Orgeville (Instrument Scientist and Adaptive Optics Group Manager, ANU) and Dr Jason Held (Founder and CEO, Saber Astronautics).

Of the 380 schools tuning into the broadcast, only eight of them had the opportunity to ask questions regarding space science and engineering. Matilda from Year 4 at Radford was one of the lucky students and was able to ask a question about black holes. Some of these questions were extraordinarily captivating. But the one that caught many student’s attention was the issue of space garbage (non-functioning equipment). According to Professor Paulo de Souza, nothing can be done about the garbage in orbit around the Earth, since any particle in orbit has the ability to travel eight kilometres per second. Therefore, if the removal of space garbage was done poorly it could create a blanket of fine particles, which would cause astronomical damage, both financially and in terms of human life.

Other interesting topics discussed by the panel included; the development of an artificially generated star to determine the effects that atmosphere turbulence has on the images of stars taken from earth satellites, led by Assoc Prof Céline d’Orgeville; the delivery of high school experiments on board the international space station through Ms Solange Cunin, and the development of small cube satellites, to minimize the space and cost of replacing existing satellites, in order to pave way for a more efficient future. 

The most interesting and influential message to students was the idea that anyone with the willpower to be involved in space science will find a way to do so. No matter who you are, no matter what profession you start off in, it is all interconnected with future life in space - economists to forecast the cost of a project, doctors to prevent a bacterial outbreak in space and potentially even lawyers to prevent conflict. A good example of this was Dr. Jason Held, who in school was not a bright student. However, he always believed his dad was a Jedi, and he always believed one day he would learn about space and travel into space to rejoin the Jedis. It was this childhood dream that led Jason to high positions in the US military and universities in regards to military space missions and being the co-founder of many groups including the University of Sydney space engineering laboratory. Remember there is nothing special about a light-year. It is just the same as a regular year but with less calories.

Summer trials season is here!

Rugby semi-finals & summer sport trials

23 August 2017

Sports Department

A reminder that registrations for 2017/18 summer sports close this Friday, 25 August.

A REMINDER THAT ALL REGISTRATIONS FOR 2017/18 SUMMER SPORTS CLOSE THIS FRIDAY.

RADFORD RUGBY:  Semi-Finals

Our Rugby teams are playing in the semi-finals this Saturday at St Edmund's on Saturday 26 August:

  • U16 boys v Young at 12:40pm
  • First XV v St Edmund's at 1:45pm.  

Please come along and support our two teams. Good luck to the coaches and players. 

FUTSAL TRIALS - continuing

Futsal Trials for the 2017/18 Season will take place in the G Wigg Sports Centre on the following dates:

U15 & 16 Boys and Girls: Friday 25 August, 3.45–5 pm

Please note players are only required to trial if they wish to play in Division 1. Age groups are determined by the player’s age as at 31 December 2017. For example, if a player is 11 years of age on 31 December, he or she will be in the U11 age group. U8 & 9, Division 2 and U18 mixed teams will be selected based on registrations and year level/friendship groups.

CRICKET TRIALS
Cricket Trials for the 2017/18 Season will take place on the P&F Oval on the following dates:

U11, 12 & 13: Tuesday 29 & Wednesday 30 August, 4–6 pm
U14, 15, 16 & First XI: Tuesday 5 & Wednesday 6 September, 4–6 pm

Age groups are determined by the player’s age on 1 September. For example, a player turning 12 on 31 August is eligible for the U13 age group. A player turning 12 on 1 September is eligible for the U12 age group.

Note that the Pre-Season Cricket Academy sessions will continue until Sunday 17 September and all interested players are welcome to attend. Click here for dates and information.

A Volvo P1800 (as made famous in 60s TV show The Saint). Just one of the classic cars to be on show at the Fete

P&F Twilight Fete to feature Car Show

22 August 2017

Show and shine planned for November's Fete

By Marcus Graham, Classic and Sports Car Show Convenor.

The Radford Classic and Sports Car Show is an exciting new event to support the 2017 P&F Twilight Fete, to be held on Saturday 4 November 2017, 3pm to 7pm.

Download the flyer

Classic cars are fascinating in terms of both design and engineering; appealing to all ages.

Many Radford families and friends share a passion for these cars. This is the perfect opportunity to display and enjoy them whilst supporting the College.

We expect to have a wide range of vehicles from classic Alfa Romeos to Ferraris to Volvos. There will be some surprising and quite rare cars. Modern sports cars and even classic motorcycles are most welcome.

The vehicles will be displayed on the lawns of the JA Mackinnon Oval at the entry to the College.

Many owners of the vehicles will be on hand to talk about their cars. We expect the show will bring new visitors to the fete and encourage everyone to stay longer.

Please register your car by emailing radfordcarshow@gmail.com

The P&F Fete Committee would love to hear from potential sponsors for the Twilight Fete, With a wide range of stalls and activities involving parents, students, staff and friends, the Fete is our major community event and is a popular and much-anticipated highlight of the local community calendar.

The committee would also love to hear from people who would like to volunteer before, during and after Fete Day.

It is also never too early for community members to start planning their donation of goods for the White Elephant stall, with a friendly reminder that the P&F is unable to accept electrical or damaged goods.

Please email all enquiries to fete@radford.act.edu.au

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College Board Nominee for P&F Association

23 August 2017

P&F Association

Invitation to represent the P&F on the College Board

Reminder about P&F Association Nominee on the Board
Due to the expiry of the term of the current P&F College Board nominee, Mr Ed Hutchison, the P&F is inviting members of the P&F Association to nominate to become the Association's next nominee on the College Board. The College, the Board and the P&F Association would like to thank Ed Hutchinson for his work in this role over the last two years. Ed's professionalism and strategic vision have made him an asset to both the Board and the P&F Association. 

As part of the governance model of Radford College, the P&F nominates one individual, selected by the P&F Management Committee, for a two-year term as a Director of the College Board, subject to approval by the Chairman of the Board.

  • The P&F nominee is first and foremost an independent Director on the Board of Radford College Ltd. Directors must exercise their powers and duties in good faith in the best interests of the College. The Board of Directors is the key policymaking body within the College and the management of the Company is vested in the Board; however, the Board limits itself to matters of overall governance and leaves the day-to-day management of the College to the Principal and the Executive.

  • The nominee provides a report to the Board on the activities of the P&F and the issues with which the Management Committee is dealing. This supplements the regular meetings between the Chair and the Principal and can be used as a mechanism to highlight the current or future projects of the parent body.

  • The Board's three subcommittees are the Finance Committee, the Buildings and Grounds Committee and the Education and Wellbeing Committee. Traditionally, the P&F nominee sits on the Education and Wellbeing Committee, which looks at issues impacting the school's education and pastoral care frameworks.

  • In practical terms, the successful nominee is expected to attend monthly Board meetings, sit on the Education and Wellbeing Committee and serve as an ex-officio member of the P&F Management Committee, attending its meetings. There is also a requirement to draft and read Board papers.

Any person wishing to nominate for this role should send an expression of interest and a current brief CV to P&F Liaison Officer Ms Angie Walters by Tuesday 29 August. Short-listed candidates are to attend the P&F meeting on Thursday 31 August to make a brief presentation to the Management Committee.

Announcements

P&F Association

Trivia Night 2017

Last chance to book Tickets - Friday 15th September from 6:30pm. NB: venue now TB Millar Hall.

Sport

Cricket Pre-Season Academy - places still available!

See flyer for full details. Enquiries: e-mail Brent Larkham (Head of Sport) or phone 02 6181 1090.

School Sports ACT

SSACT Bulletin 28 June 2017

School Sport ACT (SSACT) is the peak body for School Sport delivery in the ACT.

SSACT actively promotes school sport for all ACT students through the support of regional, state and national representative opportunities and pathways.

View the latest SSACT Bulletin.

APFACTS

APFACTS Newsletter 23 August 2017

APFACTS is the voice of non-government school parents (Catholic and Independent) in the ACT. For more information, visit our website at apfacts.org.au or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Apfacts.
Read the latest Newsletter.